Government Shutdown Leads to Free Food, But Only for Government Workers

Chefs are giving out free food, but not to just everyone

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Restaurants and Chefs in DC are protesting the government shutdown with special food and drinks to all but those in congress.

Due to the government shutdown earlier this week, there have been countless layoffs, according to Reuters. But chefs such as Bryan Voltaggio and José Andrés, and restaurants including Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café are showing their sympathy with happy hours and free food. But here’s the catch: it’s not for everyone.

As reported by Huffington Post, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café announced on twitter : “govt. shutdown: Happy hr prices, ‘til closing: $5 all beers, rail drinks; house wine, bar only. (Memb. of Congress pay double.)”

Chefs Bryan Voltaggio and José Andrés are taking it one step further. As reported by People, Voltaggio’s restaurant, Range, is offering free cheese pizza with a government ID. On Twitter, he said, “forgot to mention… members of the congress not eligible until you get your sh*t together.”

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At Andrés’s three restaurants, Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya, though it is unknown for how many days, from 3PM to 5PM they will be giving out free sandwiches only for those “furloughed.” In Andrés’s case, he has a personal reason to be a little irritated since his hopes of becoming an American citizen are now a bit delayed.